The Geelong Falcons were the biggest winners in the weekend’s TAC Cup White Ribbon Round 14 action, with Sandringham, Dandenong, Gippsland, Calder and Western also victorious.
SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 9.12 (66) d EASTERN RANGES 8.8 (56)
The Dragons (3rd, 10-4) left it late to snatch their sixth straight victory, kicking the last four goals of a tight contest at Box Hill City Oval. The Ranges (11th, 2-12) led by 13 points early in the final quarter before Sandringham charged home.
Nicholas Stamatis booted two majors in that match-winning burst (among his three for the game), while Ryan Byrnes (39 disposals and six clearances) and Kai Owens (36 and five) were well clear of any other Dragons player in the disposals count.
DANDENONG STINGRAYS 8.19 (67) d NORTHERN KNIGHTS 8.2 (50)
Inaccuracy wasn’t enough to deny Dandenong (1st, 13-1) its ninth consecutive win since Round 5 against the Knights (8th, 5-8-1) at Preston City Oval. The Stingrays hit the lead for the first time early in the third term despite recording 16 scoring shots to six before that point, but six unanswered goals in that stanza soon put the match away.
Lachlan Young was one of the best players for the victors with 17 disposals and six rebound-50s, along with Finlay Bayne (31 disposals, nine marks and two goals) and Campbell Hustwaite (26, 10 tackles and nine inside-50s).
GIPPSLAND POWER 9.6 (60) d OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 8.7 (55)
Gippsland (2nd, 10-2-2) hit the front late in the game and then barely held onto its lead against the Chargers (5th, 8-5-1) at Warrawee Park. The Power kicked five of their nine goals in the fourth quarter to twice recover from 14-point deficits and notch a fourth win in a row.
Noah Gown continued his strong goalkicking form for Gippsland with two majors from 11 disposals and eight marks, while Trent Bianco was superb for Oakleigh in defeat with a round-high 40 disposals as well as eight marks and seven rebound-50s.
CALDER CANNONS 14.8 (92) d MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 10.12 (72)
For a match that didn’t produce a goal in the opening term, the final quarter at Albury Sports Ground proved quite the opposite. The Cannons (7th, 6-7-1) trailed by three points at the last break but reeled off eight goals to four to roll over the top of a higher-placed Murray (4th, 9-5) outfit.
Mitch Podhajski delivered a stellar performance for Calder with 35 disposals, 10 marks and four goals and was well supported by Lachlan Sholl (31 disposals and 11 marks) and Brodie Newman (25 and six rebound-50s), with Will Chandler booting four goals for the Bushrangers in defeat.
GEELONG FALCONS 13.16 (94) d BENDIGO PIONEERS 2.1 (13)
The Falcons (10th, 4-10) were hardly troubled at Queen Elizabeth Oval, leading throughout for a big triumph over Bendigo (12th, 2-12). Geelong kept the Pioneers scoreless in the first term and went on to build a match-winning 49-point lead by half time.
Brayden Ham was exceptional in the win with five goals and was joined in the best players for the Falcons by ball-winners Sam Walsh and Oscar Brownless as well as bottom-agers Lachlan Smith and Cooper Stephens.
WESTERN JETS 11.14 (80) d GWV REBELS 3.6 (24)
The Jets (6th, 8-6) returned to the winners’ list after three straight losses with a comprehensive defeat of GWV (9th, 4-9-1) at Williamstown Football Ground. Western restricted the Rebels to just one goal until the final change, by which time the margin was 45 points.
Daniel Pantalleresco shone up forward for the winners with five goals, as teammates Daly Andrews (27 disposals and 10 inside-50s), Connor Thar (23 and 10 tackles) and Jack Watkins (23 and seven clearances) found plenty of the ball through the middle.
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Round 14 stats leaders:
|Ryan Byrnes||Sandringham Dragons||25|
|Trent Bianco||Oakleigh Chargers||24|
|Finlay Bayne||Dandenong Stingrays||21|
|Xavier Duursma||Gippsland Power||21|
|Mitchell Podhajski||Calder Cannons||20|
|Lachlan Sholl||Calder Cannons||20|
|Kye Quirk||Eastern Ranges||20|
|Xavier Fry||Eastern Ranges||18|
|Noah Wheeler||Bendigo Pioneers||17|
|Samuel Walsh||Geelong Falcons||17|
|Lucas Westwood||Oakleigh Chargers||17|
|Campbell Hustwaite||Dandenong Stingrays||16|
|Joel Burleigh||Eastern Ranges||16|
|Lachlan Ash||Murray Bushrangers||16|
|Ryan Gardner||Northern Knights||16|
|Kai Owens||Sandringham Dragons||21|
|Sam Philp||Northern Knights||20|
|Ely Smith||Murray Bushrangers||17|
|Trent Bianco||Oakleigh Chargers||16|
|Samuel Walsh||Geelong Falcons||16|
|Mitch Mellis||Eastern Ranges||16|
|Cooper Craig-Peters||GWV Rebels||16|
|Mitchell Podhajski||Calder Cannons||15|
|Sam Fletcher||Dandenong Stingrays||15|
|Ryan Byrnes||Sandringham Dragons||14|
|Joel Randall||Northern Knights||13|
|Dylan Clarke||Murray Bushrangers||13|
|Ethan Harvey||GWV Rebels||13|
|Jack Kritopoulos||Eastern Ranges||13|
|Oscar Brownless||Geelong Falcons||12|
|Brayden Ham||Geelong Falcons||12|
|Lachlan Sholl||Calder Cannons||11|
|Mitchell Podhajski||Calder Cannons||10|
|Hudson Garoni||Murray Bushrangers||10|
|Finlay Bayne||Dandenong Stingrays||9|
|Trent Bianco||Oakleigh Chargers||8|
|Ismail Moussa||Calder Cannons||8|
|Brodie Newman||Calder Cannons||8|
|Ryan Sturgess||Northern Knights||8|
|Lachlan Young||Dandenong Stingrays||8|
|Miles Bergman||Sandringham Dragons||8|
|Stefan Uzelac||Northern Knights||8|
|Noah Gown||Gippsland Power||8|
|Kyle Yorke||Sandringham Dragons||8|
|Kai Owens||Sandringham Dragons||7|
|Sam Fletcher||Dandenong Stingrays||14|
|Noah Answerth||Oakleigh Chargers||12|
|Campbell Hustwaite||Dandenong Stingrays||10|
|Connor Thar||Western Jets||10|
|Boadie Motton||Gippsland Power||10|
|Tom Long||Sandringham Dragons||10|
|Sam Flanders||Gippsland Power||9|
|Jack Watkins||Western Jets||9|
|Finlay Bayne||Dandenong Stingrays||8|
|Jed Hill||GWV Rebels||8|
|Jackson Cowden||Sandringham Dragons||8|
|Daniel Mott||Calder Cannons||7|
|Matthew McGannon||Gippsland Power||7|
|George Grey||Sandringham Dragons||7|
|Jye Chalcraft||Murray Bushrangers||7|
|Patrick Glanford||GWV Rebels||36|
|Riley Smith||Eastern Ranges||26|
|Lachlan Harry||Oakleigh Chargers||24|
|Benjamin Kelly||Murray Bushrangers||23|
|Mark Marriott||Murray Bushrangers||22|
|Darren Walters||Western Jets||21|
|James Rendell||Sandringham Dragons||19|
|Bailey Schmidt||Dandenong Stingrays||19|
|Andrew Courtney||Sandringham Dragons||18|
|Sam Conway||Geelong Falcons||18|
|2018 LEADING GOALKICKERS||Last Rnd||Total|
|Hudson Garoni||Murray Bushrangers||2||34|
|Charlie Wilson||GWV Rebels||1||33|
|Jake Gasper||Oakleigh Chargers||2||32|
|Noah Gown||Gippsland Power||2||22|
|Mitchell Podhajski||Calder Cannons||4||19|
|Brayden Ham||Geelong Falcons||5||19|
|Josh Smith||Gippsland Power||_||18|
|Sam Flanders||Gippsland Power||2||18|
|Sunny Brazier||Northern Knights||2||18|
|Jed Hill||GWV Rebels||1||17|
* Note that stats for one quarter of Bendigo vs Geelong are unavailable and not included in these totals.